What do you think Parts of Mexican Border “Too Dangerous” To Patrol?
Federal agents guarding the U.S.-Mexico border have been ordered to stay away from the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting.
This unbelievable development was made public this week by a veteran law enforcement official in an Arizona county located along the Mexican border. In a video taped interview with a conservative newspaper, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever reveals firsthand accounts from U.S. Border Patrol supervisors stationed in his southeastern Arizona county.
Middle and upper management won’t allow agents to work in certain violent portions of the border because it’s too dangerous, the four-term elected sheriff says. They also want to avoid triggering an “international incident” if shooting breaks out across the border, according to Dever’s account of the Border Patrol mandate.
Throughout his three-decade law enforcement career, Dever has been on the frontlines of the increasing violence that has destroyed communities like Cochise County, which shares an 83.5-mile border with Mexico. The area is part of the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, which accounts for nearly half of all seized marijuana and half of all illegal immigrants apprehended entering the U.S.
The crisis has become so dire that Dever created a special unit in his department dedicated to combating the increasing criminal activity related to illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels. Officers will patrol smuggling routes along the border and target criminal enterprises that have infested the community in the last few years.
The situation along the border has become dire, the sheriff says, and his community continues to suffer in the midst of federal inaction. Congress is well aware of the situation and in fact has heard from Dever on several occasions. Just last spring the sheriff told federal lawmakers that in the 12 years he’s testified before various congressional committees, border crime has steadily increased and will only worsen.
Violence related to drug and human smuggling has risen sharply in the last decade, the sheriff said in testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security. Local law enforcement agencies are severely undermanned to handle the crisis and about 37% of local criminal justice system assets have been diverted to matters relating to illegal immigration.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I live in Texas and it is very real. Just your last sentence alone says it all. Not enough funding and it is dangerous.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I think every part of the Mexican border that is "too dangerous to patrol" should be turned into a smoking hole.
The real Q is why do we, the most powerful nation on earth, put up with being bullied by mosquitoes.
EDIT to Ford T: Who's we? Are you joining with the drug cartels and human smugglers? The drug mules brought automatic weapons on American soil - time to end it. If my grandchildren have to learn Chinese, so be it. But let's clean up the mess that is our unprotected border while we can.
- .Lv 71 decade ago
I think this is exactly what our gov wants.
The previous drug czar is on record quoting along the lines of;.... all the violence in mexico is a measure of the *success* of our anti marijuana and anti drug laws.
I think that not patrolling the border just gives them leeway to do whatever they want.
I think legalizing marijuana would solve a lot of the drug violence. There are other drugs that could take marijuana's place, but none of them are as widely used or as cheap to produce. And if legal, legal businesses within the US could grow and sell, and smuggling it would become worthless.... and the violence would die down.
- feldsteinLv 44 years ago
whilst i don't artwork or border patrol I do stay in California. once you communicate or style to somebody please tell them to do a much better activity securing our borders. notwithstanding if, they're mexican, canadian, whoever, tighten those borders. thank you and god good fortune on your checklist.
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- RonLv 41 decade ago
nothing a couple AC130's won't take care of.
It's time to militarize the border and stop this carp once and for all!!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
PoBoy you won't be the most powerful nation for long. Whatever you do, there will always be something we can do.